New York: As the world continues its fight against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), an Indian-American nonprofit organisation is set to provide over 20,000 meals to frontline health workers in the US.

“The American India Foundation (AIF) has announced it is working with World Central Kitchen (WCK) to provide over 20,000 meals for frontline health workers in under-resourced hospitals and local food kitchens throughout New York City, Bay Area, Boston, and Chicago,” AIF said.

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“This collaboration is the latest installment of AIF’s COVID-19 Response Effort through which it is serving more than 100,000 vulnerable people – including migrant workers in India – from economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it added.

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AIF’s CEO Nishant Pandey said, “As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, frontline healthcare workers in both the US and in India are serving an important role in the fight against the pandemic, requiring our support now more than ever.”

“AIF is happy to be teaming up with WCK to provide daily meals to hospitals, and long-term care facilities throughout New York City, Bay Area, Boston and Chicago. Through this initiative, we want to show our gratitude towards the frontline health workers in the US. This partnership will also help the local economy and jobs by supporting local kitchens and restaurants,” he added. 

World Central Kitchen is an international not-for-profit organisation founded by chef José Andrés.

“In this moment of profound need, World Central Kitchen’s team of food first responders is honored and grateful to collaborate with American India Foundation’s COVID-19 response efforts to serve and protect underprivileged communities and facilities against the pandemic,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “To provide meals for the tireless and brave medical professionals working on the front lines of this crisis, as well as to meal centers who need assistance more than ever, is truly an honour.”

According to AIF’s website, “In 2001, US President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee recognised the need for a philanthropy platform that would connect the world’s two largest democracies and provide a trusted bridge for meaningful participation in India’s democratic and economic growth for both Americans and Indians. The American India Foundation has since built on this vision and created countless opportunities for India’s poor to live successful, productive lives while creating impactful change at an unprecedented scale, changing the lives of more than 4.6 million of India’s less fortunate.”